edUI 2014

EdUI 2014  |  Mon. 9.29 to Wed. 10.1
eduiconf.org – Discount code: RVA ($100 off Standard Price)

EdUi 2014 is next week! Don’t miss your chance to participate in Richmond’s biggest UX event. Even though it starts with “Ed,” it’s not all about education. If you have done (or want to do) work for large organizations or institutions, there are topics aplenty for you: content strategy, story mapping, innovation, user research, and accessibility. And even though it ends with “UI,” it’s not just about user interfaces. In addition to the topics already listed, there are sessions on prototyping, personas, iBeacon, UX strategy, to name a few. Check out the full schedule.

The closest UX events of this scale and caliber get to Richmond is D.C.—it’s like that, minus driving 2.5 hours (or more) on 95 and paying to stay at a hotel. And with discount code “RVA,” RUX members get $100 the Standard price. Single day tickets are available too, if taking off three days from the office would be a challenge.

EdUi is the biggest UX event Richmond hosts, so come out and learn some new skills, meet UX peers (and luminaries), and show your passion for UX here in RVA. Hope to see you there! http://eduiconf.org/register/

A little further north, our friends in IxDA and UXPA DC have a couple of events planned for the middle of October. See our previous post for details and discount codes!


Upcoming Local UX & Design Conferences

If you’re looking for opportunities to get educated or inspired over the next month or so, you need look no further. Starting with RVA Design Week this Wednesday and followed by edUi 2014 at the end of the month, there will be more design, UX, and web-related events in the area than usual. All of them are affordably priced—some remarkably so—and we have discount codes for the more expensive of the bunch. Check them out:

RVA Design Week  |  Wed. 9.17 to Sat. 9.20
rvadesignweek.com

Richmond’s first Design Week, produced by our local AIGA chapter, starts with a kick-off party at Hardywood on Wednesday, featuring Richmond’s Coalition Theater. Thursday evening, there will be a screening of Design the New Business at the Grace Street Theater, followed by a panel discussion on the role of Design and Design Thinking in business. RUX co-organizer Hope Norman will be on the panel, which will be moderated by another RUXster, Mark Badger. Friday evening features a talk by Debbie Millman (also at Grace Street), followed by two separate Adobe training workshops at Gather on Saturday. Apart from the kick-off party ($5), event prices are $15 for AIGA members and $20 for non-members.

EdUI 2014  |  Mon. 9.29 to Wed. 10.1
eduiconf.org – Discount code: RVA ($100 off Standard Price)

For the fourth year in a row, Richmond is hosting the edUi conference. Produced primarily by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, edUi offers a rare lineup of speakers, including top web innovators that will inspire and enlighten web designers, developers, managers, and user experience and interaction design professions from any industry. This year’s featured speakers include Stephen P. Anderson, author of Seductive Interaction Design, and Matt Novak, contributor to Gizmodo, WSJ, and The Atlantic. RUX founder and co-organizer Joe Sokohl will give a talk on bringing your wireframes to life through prototyping, and RUX co-organizer Mark Badger will be presenting on iBeacon and eduction. EdUi is Richmond’s biggest UX-focused event, and we are excited to be able to offer a discount code (RVA) to make it that much easier to attend. With the discount, you get three (3) days of presentations and workshops for $500. Single day registrations are also available.

ConvergeRVA  |  Fri. 10.10
convergerva.com – Discount code: RUX ($20 off)

ConvergeRVA is a design conference focusing on people who creatively change the landscape of the ways we work for and on the web. It features talks that cover; user experience, visual design, illustration, front-end and back-end development. This year, ConvergeRVA takes place in the beautifully restored Hippodrome Theater. In addition to the inspiring talks, there will be plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and party with the speakers and other attendees. Early bird pricing is still available ($99, $45 for students & AIGA members).

A little further north, our friends in IxDA and UXPA DC have a couple of events planned for the middle of October.

Eye Tracking in UX Design  |  Thu. 10.16
eyetrackingux2014.com – Discount code: RUX

If you enjoyed Jennifer Romano Bergstrom’s RUX presentation last spring, this day-long conference is for you. RichmondUX is proud to be a strategic partner for The Eye Tracking in UX Design Conference, taking place on October 16 in Washington DC. Leading experts in eye tracking will discuss how they have taken advantage of eye-tracking technology to understand, design, and evaluate user experience. Want to attend? Please use code RUX when registering to get 25% off.

UserFocus 2014  |  Fri. 10.17
2014.userfocus.org – Discount code: RUX

The day after Eye Tracking in UX, join UXPA DC for their annual UserFocus conference. There, you’ll learn about the latest trends in UX, creative new tools, and innovative techniques in the field, connect to network about new job opportunities, and get motivated to use what you learn on your very next project! Again, please use code RUX when registering to get 25% off.

Thats’s it for now, but check back soon for details on Wearables + Things coming to D.C. October 20-21 and InnovateVA in Glen Allen on October 24th.


RUX Design Studio Meeting Notes

We used our August 27 session to Define RUX (note the capital D in define) using the Design Studio approach. We walked through and agreed upon who RUX serves, how RUXers want to be served, and what those programs might be. All notes below.

Please let us know if we have missed anything.

The next steps will be to revisit these thoughts and formulate a plan. Passionate about the direction of RUX and want to be part of the planning process? Let us know!

RUX Design Studio NOTES:

Who we Serve

People who…
• Make digital sh!t
• Create
• Want to learn
• Seek a Job
• Want to meet similar people

Also,
• Teachers
• Students
• Geeks
• Collaborators

And to a lesser degree …
Designers, beer drinkers, people who want speed, brainstormers, anthropologists, people who want to know what’s going on, people who want to be challenged, people who want to overcome obstacles, people who want to share insights, stay current; futurists, job offerers, product owners, business owners.

These people might most often have the following roles:
• Interaction designers
• UX researchers
• UX
• Usability specialists
• Web teams of One
• Product Management
• Information Architects

Though sometimes they might also be:
• Digital Strategists
• UX coaches
• Coders
• Analysts
• Librarians
• Information Geeks
• Content People
• Marketers
• Recruiters
• Business Owners
• Business Development
• Communications Specialists
• Social Media people
• Technical Writers

These people would most like to get from RUX:
Enablement, collaboration, problem solving, exploration, shared passion, new ways of thinking…
Learning, education, mentoring, immersion…
Trends, pushes, challenge to norms…
Entertainment…
Commiseration, leadership, inspiration, affirmation…
Means for social impact…
Community, network, friends, peers, access…
Promotion of my trade, means to make RVA great, regional recognition, strengthening of the profession…

And after exploring who RUX serves, and what RUXers want, we came up with two areas of programming. Its just a start, but there are some fantastic ideas here!

PRINCIPLE AREA : “Live & Learn”

Top programs/activities that we brainstormed include –
• UX workshops to solve UX problems together
• Forum to share UX challenges and insights
• Demos of great user experiences
• UX Job Announcements
• UX People Hub
• Computer program training seminars
• Feedback on designs
• Getting a look at various RVA digital businesses
• Internships and finders
• Beginner to expert workshops
• Demos of great (and terrible) user experiences
• Feedback in designs in which everyone comments!
• TLDR book clubs (that is, too long didn’t read)

(Other Live & Learn ideas included conference takeovers, conferences, scholarships to conferences, official mentor programs, connecting newbies to pros, feedback circles, learning to transfer learning, image sharing network, speakers, expert panel discussions)

SECONDARY AREA : “Push & Give”

Top programs/activities that we brainstormed include –
• Tool or process demos
• Training on UX
• Case studies
• Failure stories
• What’s cool email
• Case studies
• Design Jams on real ideas
• Projects that give back

(Other ideas on Push & Give included video game competitions, games, code or game design jams, charity events, create a product events, finding help for UX (find me a UX person!), startup weekends for concepts, coordinated UX research, transferrable skills into the field, “know your users” (bring projects here to get feedback together), UX Q&A, Live usability sessions with audience participants, design appreciation training or games, teaching and promoting research methods)


Special Code for Upcoming Eye Tracking in UX Design Event / RUXsters Get 25% off

eye-trackingWe are proud to be a strategic partner for The Eye Tracking in UX Design Conference, taking place on October 16 in Washington DC. Leading experts in eye tracking will discuss how they have taken advantage of this new technology to understand, design, and evaluate user experience. They will explore recent advances in the technology, which tracks how users interact with mobile devices, large-screen displays and video game consoles. Methods for combining eye tracking with other research techniques for a more holistic understanding of the user experience will be discussed. This is an invaluable resource to those who want to learn how eye tracking can be used to better understand and design for their users.

If you’re interested in attending, we have a special discount code for our members! Please use code RUX when registering to get 25% off! Hope to see you there! Follow #ETUX2014 on Twitter for updates and live tweets from the conference!

Schedule

  • 9:15am – Intro to Eye Tracking | Andrew Schall
  • 9:45am – Eye Tracking Visual Search Patterns | Dr. Soussan Djamasbi & Dr. Adrienne Hall-Phillips
  • 10:15am – Eye Tracking with Usability Testing | Erica Olmsted-Hawala
  • 10:45am – Physiological Response Measurements: Coupling Eye Tracking with EEG, EDA and Pupil Dilation | Sabrina Duda
  • 11:30am – Lunch
  • 12:30Pm – Eye Tracking the UX of Forms and Surveys | Dr. Jennifer Romano Bergstrom
  • 1:00Pm – Eye Tracking to Understand Information Architecture and Web Navigation | Andrew Schall
  • 1:30Pm – Eye Tracking how Users Interact with Web Content | Ian Everdell
  • 2:00Pm – Eye Tracking the UX of E-Commerce Websites | Wilkey Wong & Mike Bartels
  • 2:45Pm – Eye Tracking the Mobile Experience | Dr. Jibo He & Dr. Barbara Chaparro
  • 3:15Pm – Eye Tracking the Gaming Experience | Dr. Veronica Zammitto
  • 4:00Pm – Afternoon Break (Beverages & Snacks)
  • 4:15Pm – Eye Tracking with Older Users | Dr. Jennifer Romano Bergstrom
  • 4:45Pm – Eye Tracking with Low Literacy Users | Angela Colter & Dr. Kathryn Summers
  • 5:30Pm – Discussion: The Future of Eye Tracking & User Experience

Check out the session descriptions and speaker credentials at http://eyetrackingux2014.busyconf.com/schedule. Don’t forget to enter code RUX when you register!


AxureWorld 2014

Friday, August 8, 11:00 AM
Snagajob
4851 Lake Brook Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Join other Axure users for a virtual conference hosted by Snagajob. AxureWorld 2014 will be screened live, with speakers from around the globe. Why watch this alone at your desk when you can network with other design pros at the same time? This year’s program promises to have something for everyone.

Program:

Adaptive Views and RWD
– Presenter: Jim Hobart (USA)

Data-Driven Prototypes and the Repeater
– Presenter: Shira Luk-Zilberman (Israel)

Advanced Interactions: “Alan’s Psychedelic Widget – Re-Using Cases
– Presenter: Ritch Macefield (UK)

Integrating Visual Design with the Prototype
– Presenter: Maria Bolivar (USA)

Gathering Feedback from Stakeholders
– Presenter, Session 1: Péter W. Szabó (Romania)
– Presenter, Session 2: TBD


Mark Hurst is coming to RVA. Tuesday, July 15th at 10:00 AM Mark will be speaking at Snagajob HQ about his new book “Customers Included.“

In this talk, customer experience pioneer Mark Hurst draws upon real-world examples to explore the critical need of taking a ‘customers included’ approach when developing a product or service.

Whether it’s designing a new water pump in Malawi or configuring shelves in Walmart, Hurst lays out three essential rules for success: 1. Observe customers directly; 2. Discover key unmet needs; and 3. Build consensus.

ABOUT MARK HURST
Mark Hurst, founder and president of Creative Good, has spent his career writing and speaking about how organizations and individuals can create better customer experiences. Recently, he co-authored Customers Included, a book about strategy and customer experience.

In 2003 Hurst founded the Gel Conference, which annually spotlights people and projects that create some good experience (and has featured the first stage presentations for Wikipedia, Marissa Mayer, Ze Frank, Khan Academy, and others).

Mark began his Internet career as a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab, then worked with Seth Godin at Yoyodyne, which was later sold to Yahoo. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT.

GENERAL ADMISSION
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mark-hurst-customers-included-tickets-3046170177


UX Conference Opps and April Event Follow-up

ModevUX 2014

With ModevUX starting this upcoming Monday, you have only a few days left to take advantage of RichmondUX’s 25% registration discount. It’s looking like it’ll be a great event, and we hope to see you there! Our promo code is UX14RUX.

Giant Confererence

Fellow RUXster (and planning committee member) Bogdan Stanciu has a ticket for the upcoming conference in Charleston that he cannot use. As it was purchased early, it is available for $200 less than the current price. The conference runs June 11-14 and looks like another great event. Take a look and reply or DM him at @bog_dan if you are interested in going.

UserFocus 2014

Our friends at UXPA D.C. are ramping up for this fall’s UserFocus conference, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved already:

  • The call for proposal submissions is open but closes soon (June 1st), and they are seeking proposals from both new and experienced UX practitioners.
  • Every conference requires the help of volunteers, and UserFocus is no exception. If you’d like access behind the scenes and a chance to give back to the community, consider volunteering to review submissions or to help out at the conference itself.
  • Last but not least, early registration is now open!

All details are available here: https://userfocus.busyconf.com/bookings/new

Follow-up to April’s Meetup

Whether you were able to attend last month’s presentation, Eye-tracking and the User Experience: What You Need to Know, featuring Jen Romano Bergstrom, we wanted to follow up with a few details:

- The RUX Planning Committee


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